President Museveni Joined Christians of Kampala Archdiocese to celebrate their Golden Jubilee at Namugongo Shrine in a mass led by His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni.

The President commended the various religious groupings for uniting and putting an end to religious sectarianism. They are doing this well through the Inter-Religious Council.

“When this archdiocese was formed 50 years ago, the country was grappling with religious divisions and extra-judicial killings. All this ended with ascension of NRM to power”, he said.

“I thank Ugandans for their resilience. Uganda is a land of martyrs. We celebrate the Christian martyrs on June 3rd and the political ones on June 9th”, Mr Museveni added.

“I also thank Pope Francis for being a friend of Uganda. He came here when we were celebrating the martyrs anniversary. Recently, I met him in New York and he prayed for me”, the president revealed.

“Cardinal Filoni did well preaching about helping the poor. I add that as Christians, it is our duty to use our talents to fight poverty”.

“The government is committed to developing the Catholic and Anglican shrines at Namugongo not just for religious purposes but tourism too”, President said.

President Yoweri Museveni also testified that Pope Francis prayed for his (Museveni’s) fractured hand in 2015, and it got healed.

“I had fractured my hand accidently and then we met in the UN generally Assembly in New York. When we were going to make speeches, we met and my hand was fractured, so he prayed for me and it got healed,” Museveni said amid applause from Catholics at Namugongo Catholic Shrine.

The President, who was the chief guest, made the testimony on Sunday, during mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary for Kampala Archdiocese, at Namugongo Catholic Shrine.

Museveni welcomed Fernando Cardinal Filoni, who represented Pope Francis at the celebrations.